An old song says, “Give me the roses while I live, trying to cheer me on; useless the flowers that you give after the soul is gone.” As we walk the “road of life” we are given the opportunity to be as a sweet perfume emanating the fragrance of Christ, and like the flowers that bloom spreading His beauty and cheer along the way. In Song of Solomon 4:10-11, the beloved speaks to his loved one saying, “How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfumes than all spices … the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon”; then in verse 16, she replies calling upon the winds (the breath of the Spirit) to “Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.” Yes, as the one who was loved in Song of Solomon, we are the garden of the Lord, and if His fragrance and beauty are to be sensed by those around us it must come through us! And as we allow His fragrance and beauty to radiate through and from us, His presence will be increased in His garden as He delights in “its pleasant fruits.” The question is what kind of beauty and fragrance are coming from the garden of our life? Is it His kindness, (Ephesians 4:32), comfort (2 Corinthians 1:14), blessing (Romans 12:4), and beauty (Song of Solomon 1:15; 4:7 where fair means beautiful), attracting others to Him? Or is it the stench of selfishness and flesh repulsing them from Him?
Be A Blessing
-By Rose Hill
In walking down the path one day,
I saw some flowers along the way.
They were so bright they smelt so good,
They stood up tall the way they should.
They only lasted but one day,
But while they were here,
They spread much cheer,
All along the way.
Let us be like those flowers rare,
That people can tell we were meant to be there.
To spread some cheer year after year,
All along the way.
And though life is short,
And we’ll soon be gone,
The memory of us will linger on,
In the hearts of those who couldn’t go on,
Before they passed our way.